Best of 2007



300

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    • Synopsis: King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
    • Director: Zack Snyder
    • Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey and David Wenham



3:10 to Yuma

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    • Synopsis: A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
    • Director: James Mangold
    • Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster



American Gangster

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    • Synopsis: In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.
    • Director: Ridley Scott
    • Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor



Atonement (Mini-Review)

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    • Synopsis: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
    • Director: Joe Wright
    • Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Brenda Blethyn



Away from Her

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    • Synopsis: A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
    • Director: Sarah Polley
    • Stars: Julie Christie, Michael Murphy and Gordon Pinsent



Bourne Ultimatum, The

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    • Synopsis: Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
    • Director: Paul Greengrass
    • Star: Matt Damon



Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The (La Scraphandre et le Papillon) (Mini-Review)

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    • Synopsis: The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
    • Director: Julian Schnabel
    • Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Marie-Josée Croze



Eastern Promises

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    • Synopsis: A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
    • Director: David Cronenberg
    • Stars: Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen



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